Updated: Xbox releases Xbox Series S video, confirms November 10th release date

By Heidi Nicholas,
Update: The Xbox team has now released the Xbox Series S launch video, confirming the next-gen console will launch on November 10th.

Original story: The Xbox Series S has just been confirmed with a $299 / £249 price tag by the Xbox team, and now Microsoft's presentation video for Series S seems to have leaked as well, showing off the specs for the smaller, cheaper, all-digital next-gen console.

Just to be clear, the Xbox team hasn't yet confirmed the specs for the Xbox Series S, but has just promised we'll hear more soon.

This video shows the Xbox Series S as almost 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X, confirms it as an all-digital console, and focuses on its next-gen capability with fast load times, "seamless" switching between games, and next-gen frame rates. According to this video, the Xbox Series S has:

  • A custom 512GB NVME SSD "powered by Xbox Velocity architecture"
  • "Next-gen frame rates," with 1440p at up to 120fps
  • DirectX Raytracing
  • 4K streaming of "media playback"
  • 4K "upscaling for games"
As a reference, this is what's been said about the official Xbox Series X specs so far:

  • CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
  • GPU: Xbox Series X: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
  • Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus, 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
  • Internal Storage: Xbox Series X: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
  • IO Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
  • Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
  • External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
This leaked Xbox Series S presentation video also lists variable rate shading, variable refresh rate, and ultra-low latency, as well as placing a focus on the importance of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and those games which have been optimised for next-gen.

It shouldn't be long before we have official confirmation from Microsoft on a release date and specs for the Xbox Series S, and we'll be sure to keep you updated.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!